El Salvador: Conventions Tourism Not Exploited
The country has potential to become a destination for regional and international conventions.
Monday, September 7, 2009
This was stated by Julio César Urban, from the International Association of Congresses and Conventions (ICCA), adding that the Government should foster this type of tourism, as it is a big spender.
The delay in the construction of the convention center in Amador and the lack of specific promotion are part of the factors that are preventing exploitation of the potential offered by the country for this tourism segment.
The countries of the region are compete for organizing events and conferences whose participants spend on average $1,200 per day.
Lake Atitlan receives over 200 thousand tourists a year, who each spend $118 a day and have an average stay of 1.5 days, generating revenues of $32 million a year.
The tourism sector wants to take advantage of the hotel capacity available in the country in order to promote convention tourism, which has so far been untapped.
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